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Jan 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (left) and power forward Taj Gibson (right) and point guard Nate Robinson (rear) react to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers, Wizards, Bobcats interested in Taj Gibson

Jan 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (left) and power forward Taj Gibson (right) and point guard Nate Robinson (rear) react to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Late last week, reports surfaced that the Chicago Bulls were debating whether or not forward Taj Gibson would be available at the trade deadline. Those reports have gained steam, and it appears he will be – for the right price.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats have all engaged in preliminary trade talks with the Bull regarding Gibson, according to a report via the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to that same report, the Bulls did not like the possible return from any of the teams.

The main argument for trading a promising player such as Gibson is basically giving yourself an opportunity at signing a second max player during the offseason – specifically Carmelo Anthony. Derrick Rose needs a second option, or needs to be someone’s second option, whether he wants to admit it or not.

 “The way that works is this, when something gets close or they think there’s something there that makes sense they’ll come to me,’’ Tom Thibodeau said. “Every conversation that they’re having I don’t know about nor do I want to know about. I think it’s important for me to be focused on the guys we do have.”

Even if the Bulls have the slimmest of chances of signing a player like Anthony, they should do whatever they need to do to have that opportunity. Rose isn’t winning a chip alone, and at this pace, he may not even have the wheels to get at that level again.

Help can, and will, get him there. The Bulls are finally realizing that. Sooner or later, so will he.

 

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